DM- Emre Can
By the end of last season, Liverpool supporters were screaming out for Brendan Rodgers to use Emre Can in the position he has been so effective for the Germany under-21 side. He was often seen in defence for his club, and while he did an excellent job of filling in, it did his development few favours. And the experiment of using him at right-back was brutally punished at the Britannia. For his national side, he has been brilliant in midfield, so Rodgers would be foolish to not deploy him there, finally.
CM- Jordan Henderson
Having been captain in Steven Gerrard’s absence last season, it seems likely that the former Sunderland man will take the armband permanently. Although he enjoyed a promising campaign, especially as his leadership skills grew, he will have to step it up next year as he attempts to replace the irreplaceable talisman. There is also plenty of competition for his place, and in James Milner, the club have another leader more than capable of taking the armband if Henderson flounders.
CM- Mateo Kovacic
Now Firmino is in the bag, the Daily Express report that Liverpool have turned their attention to Inter Milan’s Mateo Kovacic. The Express suggest that the Croatian will cost the Reds around £21m. Despite the 21-year-old’s potential, the Serie A side are willing to let him go, having brought in Geoffrey Kondogbia, the Express report. He is confident advancing forward with the ball, or sitting deep to help the defence, and subsequently spray passes. He seems like the most likely of the midfield trio to be able to fill some of the gap that Gerrard leaves behind.